Effects of Tobacco Control on Prevalence & Consumption
The Youth Smoking Survey 2002 is now available on-line. The new data shows that between 1994 and 2002, the rate of smoking among Canadian youths in Grades 5 to 9 declined by more than half. However, girls are smoking slightly more than boys, and young people are still ignoring the warnings of health hazards on cigarette packages. In 2002, just under 3% (est 54,000) youths in Grades 5 to 9 reported that they were current smokers. And 6 out of 10 of the young people who smoked in 2002 said they did so on a daily basis.
According to the Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey for the first half of 2003, there has been a significant decrease in youth smoking (15-19 years of age) to below 20%. There is also a trend of fewer Canadians smoking, and of those who do smoke there has been a decrease in the number of cigarettes smoked per day.